Most editors have a “style guide” they use during the editing process. At Wizards in Publishing, we use specific resources to maintain continuity during edits. These include (but are not limited to):
1. The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS).
2. Merriam-Webster Dictionary – for spelling and word punctuation.
3. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institute of Health (NIH) – for proper medical terminology, spelling, abbreviations, punctuation, etc.
4. .MIL sites – for US military jargon, terminology, spelling, proper punctuation and abbreviations, as well as procedure.
5. Babylon.com – for very minor language translation and verification. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure any foreign words and phrases used in a manuscript are accurate in spelling and translation, punctuated correctly and that the proper idioms, colloquialisms and dialects are used for a region or a person from that region. Wizards in Publishing will not be responsible for accuracy of foreign words/phrases.
6. Google – when everything else fails.